Manbench Industries; Purveyors of general mayhem since 1994, a blog to follow the crazed, possibly deranged projects and emotive musings, of an undergraduate engineer, and an apprentice organ builder who have always felt they were born in the wrong age. Follow us as we, re-write history, learn lost skills, discover strange new worlds, break things, rant at things, mend things, make new things and generally find ways of passing the day instead of doing "proper work" !
Bit late posting this one as I only just got around to putting the pictures on the computer. Last weekend, I went to the Great Challenge organised by the Steam Plough Club. My friend took his set of Fowler ploughing tackle and we spent the weekend in abysmal weather ploughing while the engines were sliding all over the place! Unfortunately, we only came 3rd in our class - but we have improvements to the plough to be made which should allow us to move up our ranks.
One engine that really stood out to me was this early Fowler single No. 2861 of 1876.